Matt Dunlevy, founder SkySkopes, Inc., a Minot-based drone company, has been named executive in residence in the Middleton School of Entrepreneurship & Management, part of the University of North Dakota’s Nistler College of Business & Public Administration (NCoBPA).
“I am so honored to be named executive in residence in the UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration,” Dunlevy said. “Higher education is one of the most important places to advance the UAS frontier.”
Dunlevy, a UND alumnus, studied mechanical engineering and history before going on to found SkySkopes. The company got its start in the UND Center for Innovation business incubator in Grand Forks.
“UAS is one of many emerging technologies affecting professional accounting practice,” said Kate Campbell, professor and chair of the UND Department Accountancy. “We are excited to have Matt help familiarize our students with the use of drones in inventory management, audit and a variety of compliance and (Environmental, Social and Governance) applications.”
SkySkopes, which specializes in data collection and processing, geographic information system mapping and other support for the utilities and energy sectors, has since expanded its footprint across the nation, with its headquarters in Minot and offices in Fargo, Minneapolis, Fort Worth, Texas, and Camarillo, Calif. It was the first FAA-approved UAS service provider startup in North Dakota.
In 2016, Dunlevy also teamed up with the NCoBPA to launch the nation’s first business program dedicated to UAS entrepreneurship.
“I am very happy that Matt has joined our faculty and will be able to contribute his expertise to our students,” said Duane Helleloid, professor and chair of the UND Department of Management. “Matt’s expertise in creating SkySkopes and building a company can be an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs.”